Hi fitmom00....I think that watching your diet regarding foods that can cause active peristalsis or gas or whatever subjectively will give you more comfort.
Tapering pred....you'll have symptoms anyway.
The SCD and other diets are definitely a challenge regarding commitment. Food to me won't cause flares or treat them...so, I'm not a believer. I have a friend who's on it...she still bleeds, but doesn't have a lot of discomfort...so I think that's what it will help with immensely.
Regarding tapering to 10....you could do 20, 10, 20, 10, 20, 10, 10, 10...for however long it's supposed to be...do the same when going to 5.
or, do you go from 20 to 15? whatever, the staggered tapering makes a lot of sense to me...but as I mentioned..never been on pred.
Regarding exercise....don't overdo because your body can react to that as well...
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!